Event Title
​Date(s), Time and     Location(s) ​Topic(s) ​Leaders

TAEP Producer Diversification Value-Added Livestock Products Webinar

 

​6:30 pm CDT/7:30 pm EDT

Join via Phone or Internet

 

No pre-registration needed.

Wendy Sneed, Livestock Marketing Specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Market Development Division, will present an educational webinar for livestock producers interested in applying for the TAEP Producer Diversification Program for meats, wool fiber products, dairy products, etc. She will cover:
 
·        Producer Diversification Program opportunities
·        Application requirements and rules
·        Review value-added livestock product sector eligible and ineligible items
·        How to apply
·        Tips on preparing a successful application

​Megan Bruch Leffew (CPA)

Wendy Sneed (TDA)

​​Food for Profit

 
This workshop qualifies as one course toward the educational requirements to receive 50% TAEP cost share for ONLY: Fruits and Vegetables and Value-Added diversification sectors.
 

​This workshop will be offered in four locations from 9am to 4pm local time:

  • April 20, 2015 - Greeneville - Cancelled
  • April 21, 2015 - Knoxville - Cancelled
  • May 4, 2015 - Lebanon
  • May 5, 2015 - Bolivar

Pre-registration is required 5 business days prior to workshop location.

Location details will be emailed to registered participants a few days prior to each workshop.

 

Food for Profit takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business. UT Extension’s Faith Critzer and Megan Bruch Leffew will lead sessions on planning your business, regulations, marketing, safe food handling, packaging, financing and more. A Tennessee food manufacturer will also share some of the realities of a food business.

​Megan Bruch Leffew (CPA)

Faith Critzer (UT Extension)

 

 

Locally Raised Beef Marketing Workshop

  • Flier
This workshop qualifies as a "half-credit" toward the educational requirements to receive 50% TAEP cost share for Producer Diversification Value-Added sectors with farm fresh meat project ONLY.
 
​This workshop will be offered in three locations:
  • March 19, 2015 - Loudon (FULL)
  • March 24, 2015 - Waverly
  • March 26, 2015 - McMinnville
​Sessions will include these topics:
  • Consumer preferences for local beef - results of a survey of Tennessee consumers
  • Marketing lessons learned from Tennessee value-added beef producers - results from producer focus groups
  • Developing a meat marketing budget

​Megan Bruch Leffew (CPA)

Hal Pepper (CPA)

Marketing Live Animals for Custom Processing and How Much Meat to Expect from a Meat Carcass
This workshop qualifies as a "half-credit" toward the educational requirements to receive 50% TAEP cost share for Producer Diversification Value-Added sectors with farm fresh meat project ONLY.
 
​This workshop will be offered in three locations:
  • March 2, 2015 - Greeneville
  • March 9, 2015 - Lebanon
  • March 10, 2015 - Paris
​Sessions will include these topics:
  • How much meat to expect from a beef carcass
  • Improving communications with your processor
  • Regulations for selling live animals for custom processing
  • How to develop a bill of sale to document live animal transactions
​Dwight Loveday (UT Food Science)
 
Rob Holland (CPA)

Tennessee Farmers Market Boot Camp Educational Program

 This workshop fulfills a TAEP requirement in ONLY the following sectors: Fruits & Vegetables and Value-Added diversification sectors.

Registration is required by March 19 for the Cookeville workshop.

Registration is required by March 23 for the Greeneville workshop.

he registration fee is $20 per person. Space is limited and registration is required.  Register online with a credit card at https://tiny.utk.edu/fmbootcamp

 

This workshop will be offered in two locations:
 
·         March 23, 2015 - Cookeville
·         March 27, 2015 - Greeneville
 
 
Check-In and networking will begin at 9 am (local time) and sessions will begin at 9:30 am. The workshop will end by 3:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Sessions will include these topics:

  • Understanding the Need for Regulations on Processed Fruits and Vegetables
  • Be Outstanding in Your Field with a Fabulous Farmers Market Display
  • Are You Covered When Selling Fruits and Vegetables? Be Informed About Product Liability Risk
  • Retail Meat Sales Guidelines
  • Plant the Right Fruit and Vegetable Seeds to Grow Your Bank Account - How to Sell to Restaurants
  • Resources for Specialty Crop Growers Through the Center for Profitable Agriculture
  • Updates: Milk Sales and USDA Poultry Exemptions
  • Introduction to Whole Farm Revenue Protection 
 

​Hal Pepper (CPA)

Mike Brown (TDA)

Amy Tavalin (TDA)

Terri Lemire (U

SDA)

Managing Risks of Small Scale Poultry Processing

This workshop fulfills a TAEP requirement in ONLY the following sectors: Value-Added sectors with farm fresh meat projects.

The registration fee is $20 per person. Space is limited and participants must register by January 22, 2015 at http://tiny.utk.edu/poultry

 

​This workshop will be offered in three locations:
  • January 27, 2015 - near Cleveland
  • January 28, 2015 - Murfreesboro
  • January 29, 2015 - Lexington  

Registration and networking will begin at 9:00am (local time), and sessions will begin at 9:30am. The workshop will end by 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided.

  • Speaking the Language - Poultry Products Inspection Act
  • Getting Started - Handling and Processing of Wastewater
  • Expanding Your Value Added Business Through TAEP
  • Marketing and Labeling Requirements
  • Humane Handling During Catch and Transport
  • Food Safety in Small Scale Processing of Poultry
  • Business Management 101 for the Small Scale Poultry Processor
  • What Equipment is Needed

​Hal Pepper (CPA)

Irene Hanning (UT Food Science)

Kathleen McAnnally (USDA-FSIS)

Marshall Williams (USDA-FSIS)

Wade Murphy (TDEC)

Brad Harris (TDEC)

Wendy Sneed (TDA)

Mike Brown (TDA)

Maggie Smith (Process Management Consulting)

Amanda Carter (Foothills Pilot Plant Manager)

Fruit Production and Direct Marketing Workshop

This workshop qualifies as one course toward the educational requirements to receive 50% TAEP cost share for ONLY: Fruits and Vegetables and Value-Added sectors.
 
Registration is required by 5 business days prior to the workshop date.
 
The fee of $15 per person must be received to complete registration. Register online with a credit card  or call 931-486-2777.
This workshop will be offered in four locations:
 
·        January 21 – Bolivar City Hall with tour of Falcon Ridge Farm (Hardeman County)
·        January 22 – Forgie’s Fruit Farm
(Marshall County)
·        January 27 – Clyde Austin 4-H Camp with a tour of Buffalo Trail Orchard (Greene County)
·        January 28 – Monroe County Farm Bureau Building with a tour of Tsali Notch Vineyard
 
Registration and networking will begin at 8:30am (local time), and sessions will begin at 9am. The workshop will end by 4:30pm. Lunch will be provided.
 
 
 

Sessions will include these topics as they relate to pick-your-own and on-farm retail markets:
·        Fruit Production
·        Good Handling Practices and Food Safety
·        Financial Analysis
·        Risk Management
·        Marketing
·        Producer Experiences and Farm Tour (weather permitting)
Sessions will be taught by UT Extension’s Dave Lockwood, Faith Critzer, Alan Galloway and Megan Bruch Leffew. A producer will also share their real world experiences in pick-your-own and on-farm retail.

Grow Your Business: Seeds for Successful Direct Marketing of Fruits and Vegetables
 

This workshop fulfills a TAEP requirement in ONLY the following sectors: Fruits and Vegetable and Value-Added.

​​December 12, 2014 at Chattanooga WorkSpace

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Sessions begin at 9am and end at 3:30 pm local time. Come at 8:30 am to sign in, network and enjoy refreshments.
 
Free 

Planning for Enterprise Success

Liability Insurance 101

Keys to Successful Marketing

Tips on Marketing to Restaurants

Counting Your Costs

Pricing for Profit

Producer or Restauranteur Experie

 

Southern Style Hospitality Seminars

These workshops fulfill a TAEP requirement in ONLY the following sectors: Agritourism, Fruits and Vegetable and Value-Added.
 
 
 

 

 

​The seminars will be offered in four locations:
 
1.       December 5, 2014 – Cookeville

        The Cookeville workshop is full.

        Please consider attending in another location.

 
2.       December 11, 2014 - Chattanooga Preregistration is now closed.
 
3.       December 16, 2014 - Clarksville
     Preregistration is now closed.
 
4.       December 18, 2014 - Memphis
Preregistration is now closed. This location has been cancelled.
 
Plan to arrive between 8:30am and 8:50am local time. Sessions will begin at 9am and end by 5pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
 
Pre-registration is REQUIRED by five business days prior to the seminar date. Space is limited so register early!
 
Tennessee Agritourism Association members receive two free registrations per enterprise. The registration fee for additional members and non-members is $20 per person.
 
For free registrations, e-mail seminar location, participant name(s), business name, e-mail address and phone number to cpa@utk.edu. For paid registrations, register online here.
Southern Style Hospitality Seminars provide customer service training for business owners, managers and front line employees – anyone in your business that comes into contact with customers. While this offering of seminars are targeting direct farm marketers and agritourism operators, the concepts taught in this seminar will apply to anyone dealing with customers.
 
The seminars will focus on fundamental hospitality habits most people know but don’t follow. Sessions will refresh existing knowledge, provide tips for handling difficult situations and remind participants of the importance of implementing these hospitality habits. The seminar features interactive dialogue and activities. Come ready to share, laugh and have fun!

Megan Bruch Leffew (CPA)

Stacy Tomas (Tennessee Tech University)

Tammy Algood (Tennessee Department of A